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USS Kitty Hawk

Deployment: Sent to the Arabian Sea on October 1, 2001. Returned to home port on December 23, 2001.
Type of vessel: Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carrier
Home port: Yokosuka, Japan
Total personnel 3,150 approximate
Aircraft: No air wing, but fully loaded with helicopters and specials operations forces, a Pentagon official said
Maximum speed: 30 knots
Power plant: Eight boilers, four steam turbines
Flight deck: 4.1 acres
Commissioned: April 29, 1961
Mission: A floating base for special operations helicopters and troops, Pentagon sources said
Artillery: Two Sea Sparrow launchers, one rolling airframe missile launcher, nine .50 caliber gun mounts, three Phalanx gun systems


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